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Sedate Sedan: 1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400

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This 1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400 is in Hastings, Nebraska and is listed on eBay with a current bid price of just over $1,000 and there is no reserve so it’s going to the highest bidder.

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This car is loaded with the dreaded-yet-popular p-word (patina) and overall is in pretty decent shape. But, there will be some rust repairs to get done. And, like the word “patina”, any time that a four-door car is shown there’s a healthy debate on whether they’re worthy of saving or if there are two too many doors. I like four-door cars, but that’s just me, I know that for some folks think that they’re too family-car-looking.

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You can see the front fender tips on both sides will need work, or for $500 you can get replacement fenders if that’s easier than trying to weld and grind and fix those spots. If I were going to restore this car that’s what I’d do.

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What the heck, as long as you’re ordering parts, grab some oem-like seat covers and get one for the rear seat, too. The rest of the interior looks great.

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Nice! This car “has the 194 cubic inch Hi-Thrift inline 6 cylinder engine with 3 speed manual on the column.” 1964 was the first year in which a V8 was available in the Chevy II, but this car has the 6-cylinder. It sure looks great and the seller says that they’ve detailed it a bit under the hood; nice work. I like basic cars like this one, especially since it has a 3-on-the-tree manual transmission. Sure, a V8 with an automatic, or better yet, a 4-speed, would make for a powerful ride. And, in a four-door like this one, if I were going to put in a V8 I would not do one thing to the exterior, not even fix the rust! If you’re going to go the sleeper route, why would you turn it into a restomod? What are your thoughts on this car: would you change out the engine to a V8, and if so, would you restore the body and interior, or just leave it and enjoy a great little stoplight sleeper?


  1. Dakota

    I’m in love!!!!

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  2. Mitch

    Keep the 6, & do a repaint. Not too many 4 doors left. The only “deuce” (that’s what we called them around here) I drove was also the only 3 on the Tree I got to drive. (a ’63)

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  3. 68 custom

    it’s pretty cool. be fun to fab some mounts to make a 292 six fit in there with a 4 speed.

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  4. Jack

    My parents had a candy red ’65 SS II . All black interior , 283 with a 4 speed . They sold it when I was 14 . I wanted that to be my first car .

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  5. Tommy

    I had a ’63 with the 194 6, loved the car then, but it only cost $5.00 from a friend in 1975!

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  6. Jerry Koszut

    I had one, same color, same engine but an automatic back in the 70s’. It was a sweet little car.

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  7. Dakota

    I missed it by $25 >:(

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  8. Mick

    I had a 62″ for many years, put a 250 CID out of a boat in it. Added a four speed, then took it out and put in a 3 and Over drive. With the switch on the shifter it made a nice 5 speed.

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  9. Scotty Staff

    Auction update; this nice little car sold for $1,350; a heck of a deal.

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  10. Robert Bianchini

    My 1st car was a 3 on the column 6 cyl, black with blue interior. I bought it in 1972 for $150. It had 7,800 miles on it and only the drivers section of the bench seat was ever sat in. The best part of the car as far as a 17 yr. old with a beautiful girlfriend was of course, the bench seat. :) wink, wink. Loved that car. It got run over by a 18 wheeler in ’73 so I bought another for $30 and used most of the parts from the wrecked on to rebuild the motor on it.

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